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. >> thank you. >>> concerns they're rising over chemical weapons sites in syria and today for the first time defense secretary leon panetta says the most recent intelligence raises, his words, serious concerns. >> the whole world is watching. the whole world is watching very closely and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> earlier today, leon panetta. we'll have a report from the pentagon on syria in a moment. >>> first, shock waves in washington. a powerful republican senator suddenly calling it quits. south carolina senator jim demint will step down december 31st to lead the heritage foundation. it's a powerful conservative think tank in washington. demint says he can be more effective outside the senate. >> a lot of my role in the senate has been stopping bad things and saying no to bad things. but we need to do more than that and tell americans what we're for. one of the mistakes i think the republican party mad
limits women's rights. the k you stick around? i have a bunch of other questions about syria, chemical questions. we're right back in just a moment. first rule of taking the world by surprise? do something the world will actually notice. introducing the entirely new ford fusion. with a turbo-charged ecoboost engines and a hybrid that doubles the fuel economy of the average vehicle. it's an entirely new idea of what a car can be. >>> so, if you thought the problem in syria was bad, how about this. the chemical weapons situation, the fear that perhaps bashar al assad might actually use chemical weapons on his own people now being exacerbated on a report that perhaps the blame is coming back to us and the accusation from the syrians that we're trying to actually get a hold of those chemical weapons and make it look like the syrian regime has done so. fareed zakari's back with us to talk about this report. it seems as though this is rather serious. only the government, assad's administration has sent a couple of letters to the u.n. suggesting this is all a big plot by the u.s. to get those
. >>> in syria the military police chief has defected from president assad's government. this video shows a man identified as the official. i want you to take a listen. >> translator: i announce my defection from the regime and joining the peoples revolution because the syrian military has strayed from the core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but an armed gangs that kill and destroy cities and villages carrying out massacres that came out demanding freedom and dignity. >> pretty strong words. this would be one of the highest level defections in the 21 months they've been fighting. the prime minister and general were close to al assad and they also left the regime in recent months. first of all, tell us, this guy, i mean he essentially says they're thugs going after their own people. this seems pretty significant. >> reporter: well, that's right. he's identified on this tape as the general. aside from the video, we spoke with officials from the free syrian army today. they confirmed to us and helped this man escape syria and he's now in turkey. they say it's significant beca
. >> thank you, david. always a pleasure. >> okay. thank you. >>> the future of syria was the main item on the agenda when u.s. and russian officials met in geneva today with the u.n. peace envoy. reports say after 21 months of relentless bloodshed, they agreed it was still possible to find a political solution to the crisis. but russian foreign minister sergei lavrov insisted the meeting did not mean moscow's support for syrian president bashar al assad is weakening. fierce fighting threatening to engulf the city of damascus. >>> as that battle for the capital intensifies, the stakes are getting higher in syria, and the regime is getting even more desperate. the pentagon believes government troops have loaded bombs with sarin gas in what may be the last-ditch attempt for president assad to hold onto power. but as barbara starr reports now, a u.s. military strike on syria is not without risk. >> reporter: with the u.s. now believing the syrian government has chemical-filled bombs, cnn has learned the pentagon is secretly updating military strike options for president obama in the event
the former president will be released soon. >>> escalating violence in syria as rebels capture a key military base. now, more signs that the regime of bashar al assad is crumbling. a live record from the region after this. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth! time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. >>> we have this just in from johannsburg bureau in south africa. we're learning that
of syria. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his crew disappeared thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. this morning he told the "today" show how they were all finally set free. >> at the end of this, we were being moved to yet another location in the later around 11:00 last night local time and as we were moving along the road the kidnappers came across a rebel checkpoint, something they hadn't expected so we were in the back of what you'd think of as a mini van and as we were driving along the road the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gun fight with it. two of the kidnappers were killed, they climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. we spent the night with them, we didn't get much sleep. >> ivan watson joins us from istanbul, turkey. ivan, who were these kidnappers and why did they take me see journalists? >> well, according to richard engel's statement this was a shabiha pro-government militia made up of shiite muslims and it gives you a sense of how chaotic the situation has gotten inside syria. we were hearing about clashes betwe
, nigeria, and especially syria. >> translator: yes, may peace be brought for the people of syria, deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless and reaps innocent victims. once again, i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict. >> last night as always the pope celebrated christmas eve mass in st. peter's basilica. he reminded christians everywhere to leave room for god in their busy lives. >>> you can't get closer to christmas than church of the nativity in bethlehem. ♪ >> vast crowds turned out for midnight mass near the spot considered jesus' actual birth place. tourism officials estimated 20% jump over the last year in foreign pilgrims in part because of the church's recent designation as a u.n. world heritage site. the obama family celebrated the president's birth place in hawaii and, yes, christmas brings us one day closer to possibly the fiscal cliff, the huge tax increases, spending cuts that could take effect in one week
production crew, they are free today after being held for five days inside syria. engle spoke with reporters in turkey shortly after he and his team escaped dure, a deadly fire fight between their kidnappers and syrian rebels. take a listen to this. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. and we appreciate all the help. the last five days are some days that we would rather forget. >> they would like to forget them. we can tell you that engle and his team vanished thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. and though no one claimed responsibility for this kidnapping, engle said he thinks his captors were part of this militia loyal to syrian president bashar al assad, and trained by iran's revolutionary guard. he also said they planned to trade the journalists for hostages held by syrian rebels. engle spoke again today about the ordeal. >> they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places, and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten
, the future of syria was the main item on the agenda when u.s. and russian officials met in geneva today. after 21 months of relentless bloodshed they agreed it was till possible to find a political solution to the crisis. russian foreign minister sergei levrov admitted the meeting did not mean support for bashar al assad was weakening. >>> today easily the second straight sunday that an nfl team played a game in the wake of tragedy. this player, jerry brown jr., of the dallas cowboys, died early yesterday in a car accident. brown was a passenger. the driver was his teammate, josh brent, who now has a $500,000 bond while facing charges he killed someone while driving drunk. police say brent's mercedes was moving very fast when he hurt a curb and flipped. josh brent has a history of dui. >>> an update to last week's tragedy in kansas city. new video released by police show javon bell cher hours before he killed his girlfriend then his. dash cam video shows police talking to belcher after they found him sleeping in his car. listen to what police told him in this advice i don't released by
before you switch. visit progressive.com today. >>> another deadly bakery bombing in syria. nine people today are dead including six children killed in an air raid while waiting for bread. it is the second attack on hungry civilians in as many days. one of the most shocking single events of this conflict. syrian warplanes dropping bombs on a bakery in hama province. the aftermath here, more than 100 killed while waiting in line. this amid reports six rebel fighters died after inhaling white gas. we're not sure what it is. the opposition says canister bombs were thrown at dissidents in the embattled city of homs. mohammed jamjoom joins me from beirut and lakhdar brahimi met with syria's president. before we get to that meeting, let's talk about the bakery bombings, the opposition is saying essentially once a town is, quote, liberated and taken over by rebels, the government's dropping bombs on lines of civilians waiting for bread on purpose in order to terrorize themohammed. >> reporter: that's right. the syrian government is saying that as of yet what happened was the work of terrorists
the world. he said even in syria, a nation embroiled in a nearly two-year long civil war peace is possible. >> translator: yes, peace for the people of syria. deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless. and reaps innocent victims. once again, i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced. and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict. >> the pope also spoke out against violence against christians in nigeria and mally. he wrapped up the address by delivering christmas greetings in 65 different languages. in bethlehem, worshippers packed the church of the nativity for the midnight mass. this is the 1700-year-old church, by the way. >>> and here's something you can mark as a first on christmas day. queen elizabeth's traditional recorded message will be broadcast in 3-d on british television next hour. you see her leaving church earlier this morning. in her address, the queen is expected to speak about the excitement and pride around hosting the 2012 olympics and celebrations surrou
to end the civil war in syria. now, remember, both russia and china have blocked u.n. attempts to force out the assad regime. now the russians say they are willing to meet with the syrian opposition. it could open the door for real u.n. action on the ground, action that could mean american involvement. we've got more details in a live report in just a minute. >>> but also, russia's president formally saying no to americans who want to adopt russian children. it is a heartbreaking development for hundreds of americans who are trying to adopt children from russian orphana orphanages. that is happening right now. president vladimir putin signed the adoption ban today. sadly, more than 50 americans who were in the final stages of adopting russian children, they are not going to be able to. and while those families certainly hoping that they're going to allow these adoptions to go through, the country's child rights commissioner says that those kids are going to stay in russia. so why are the russians doing this? the ban is considered a payback of sorts for an american law that was passed tw
to the tragedy still going on in syria. i think we're at a new place in the middle east where we have a younger generation that's using a new tool in the environment, technology. during egypt's uprising, for instance, i was getting tweets and twist at which timers and facebook posts and i can imagine you, don, trying to get to the american media to spread the word. so i think that the path we're on now, while it's still bloody and tragic, maybe a better path towards eventual peace in the u.s. i'm not predicting it for 2013. the last is the gay marriage story. you can't legislate love, but you can support love when it's there. and i think people are growing and progressing and i think ultimately that's a big story for this year, as far as evolution is concerned. >> you know, it's interesting. as you were reeling off those stories and those are just a few of them, having to cover these stories, you wonder why we aren't -- the news people aren't the most depressed people in the world. but then the viewer is also taking it in at home, and it has to be affecting them as well. >> of course. it absolu
. >>> now to the crisis in syria. secretary of state hillary clinton meeting today with a hundred special envoy. and russia's foreign minister. the focus of the talks is formulating a plan on how to move forward. clinton noted growing concerns that syrian president basha al assad may use chemical weapons on his own people. mohammed jamjoom joins us with that part of the story. >> reporter: state officials have said they believe syrians are loading chemical weapons, precursors for sarin, a deadly nerve gas on to aerial bomb that is could be dropped on the syrian people. monday cnn reported that u.s. officials believed that the syrians had begun mixing chemicals that could be used to weaponize sarin, but there were no signs that the syrian regime was going to do anything with those weapons. they maintain yet again today that they have no intention of using chemical weapons in syria. carol? >> mohammed jamjoom in beirut this morning. >>> sad ending for a month-long search of two missing cousins. the bodies of 8-year-old elizabeth collins and 10-year-old lyric cook were found by hunters in th
on syria with his egyptian counteren part today. russia is also reaching out to a syrian opposition leader to hold the meeting. >>> the florida man known as the dinosaur smuggler is facing 17 years in prison. eric pricopi pleaded guilty to illegally buying and selling whole or partial dinosaur skeletons and slipping them through u.s. customs. sentencing is scheduled for april. the remains are being returned to mongolia. >>> a new year's resolution for drivers in chicago, use the l, because starting january 1st the city will have the most expensive parking meter rates in north america. how expensive? $6.50 per one hour in the loop. it will be the fifth year in a row that the city's meter rates have gone up. >>> the massacre at sandy hook elementary school got a lot of teachers thinking, what would they do if they found themselves in that same situation and a debate has exploded over whether arming educators is the answer. this is utah, hundreds of people attended a free gun training class especially tailored to teachers and other school employees, some of them already are sold on this idea,
. >> exactly. >> thank you, michael. >>> they say living underground in aleppo, syria, is like living in a grave. we'll hear from a family that's caught in the middle of the violence. again? it's embarrassing it's embarrassing! we can see you carl. we can totally see you. come on you're better than this...all that prowling around. yeah, you're the king of the jungle. have you thought about going vegan carl? hahaha!! you know folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than antelope with night-vision goggles. nice! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. social security are just numbers thinkin a budget.d... well, we worked hard for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that w
with just two pills. >>> 13 minutes past the hour. nato says syria is firing more scud missiles in an attempt to quash rebel gains. nato secretary-general calling the action "acts of a desperate regime approaching collapse." these pictures from syrian activists claim to show damage from one of those attacks. cnn of course cannot independently verify that claim. >>> in north korea, a united states citizen has been arrested. state media reported today that pae jun ho has been arrested for unspecific crimes against the country. the state news agency says pae entered the country november 3rd as a tourist and has confessed to the offense and will face legal action. >>> general motors recalling 118,000 trucks because of a problem with a latch that could cause the hood to fly open. the recalled models, the colorado, the canyon from years 2010 to 2012. gm will notify owners in mid-january and repairs will be done for free. >>> also happening right now, secretary of state arne duncan is about to give remarks on protecting children from gun violence, at an elementary school in washington,
in syria killed five people today. the car bomb exploded in damascus. a neighborhood there this time. no one has claimed responsibility. the syrian state tv is calling the bombing a terrorist explosion. >>> and here's what's trending right now on the web. facebook has a new app that expands the poke. it allows you to send a short message, snap picture or even a ten-second video. but it's once and a done thing. neither sender nor retriever can retrieve it, perfect for sending a risque image without leaving a trail, right? >>> if you haven't seen this video, where have you been? gangnam style is the most watched video in the history of youtube, according to billboard. it has 1 billion views and counting. billboard calculates that "gangnam style" is watched more than 76 times a second somewhere around the world. glad we're putting the internet to use. >>> before he died, billionaire steve jobs commissioned this megayacht. the venus is 260 feet long and costs $137 million. but it's been impounded in amsterdam in a dispute with the man who designed it. he says he hasn't gotten all his mon
uprisings in the middle east from egypt to the tragedy still going on in syria, i think we're at a new place in the middle east where we have a younger generation that's using a new tool in the environment, technology -- during egypt's uprising, for instance, i was getting tweets and facebook posts from people. so i can imagine you being a cnn employee, trying to get to the american media to spread the word. so i think that the path we're on now, while it's still bloody and tragic might be a better path towards eventual peace in the middle east. i am not predicting it here for 2013, i think that's a big story. the last one i think is the gay marriage story. i think we're finally understanding you can't legislate love. but you can support love when it's there. i think people are growing and progressing. and i think ultimately that's a big story for this year as far as evolution is concerned. >> thank you, wendy. >>> next on cnn -- 2012 is almost history. but what's the takeaway? comedian dean obeidallah schools us with his top ten lessons of 2012. >>> the end is nigh. nigh? we're about to lea
supported limited military intervention in syria, something the president has resisted. over his 30-year career, kerry has built deep relationships with many foreign leaders. >> there are very few people in our country with greater experience over a longer period of time in foreign policy than senator kerry. >> reporter: perhaps kerry's biggest challenge to date is not his confirmation hearings on capitol hill, but rather following in hillary clinton's footsteps who has become one of the most popular officials in the obama cabinet, both here and abroad. katebolduan, cnn, washington. >>> up next hour, we'll talk to wolf blitzer about the multiple names being floated as kerry's replacement in the u.s. senate, including actor and humanitarian ben affleck. >>> calls and e-mails to the hot line of autism speaks have gone up 130% since last week's shooting in newtown. coming up next, we'll talk to dr. sanjay gupta who will join me in studio to explain asperger's and address, apparently, all the questions that are out there now. oh, let me guess --ou see this? more washington gridlock. no, it's
seriously and not just libya. it is syria and so forth where our posts will come under attack and somebody has to be headlight accountable for this. there is no excuse after 9/11. >> you say that but the board recommend nod disciplinary action. they named no names. you say someone specific should be held accountable. who should decide who that person is if not this independent report? >> i think the report they did name six people and i think somebody should be assigned responsibility. we're not at the end. it is a good report in the fact that responsibility has been assigned for this tragedy and you take it from there. i mean, this report cannot recommend action that the state department should take. that's up to hillary clinton right now to act on it, and we'll see what she does. if she ignores the report or doesn't do anything, yes, call her up. we'll ask what have you done? >> robert baer, thank you so much for sharing your insights with us this morning. >> thanks. >> talkback question for you, should teachers be armed? i'll be right back. make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever.
.com. these stories are trending now on the web. the crisis in syria is getting worse, according to russia's top diplomat. the foreign minister says fighting is becoming more sectarian and more violence. 364 people died in fighting today alone. both men called for a transition from the al assad government. russia seems to be backing off its strong support for that regime. >>> police in los angeles have arrested comic cat williams for allegedly en dangering his four children. that according to tmz. police found guns and drugs in the house, calling them a safety hazard. the children are in protective protect. williams posted bail and walked out of jail. >>> and yoko ono is finally having her say about the longstanding question over the beatles' break-up. she blames paul mccartney, period. the beatle of john lennon says the others just did not like it. >>> after the school shooting in newtown, it seems like everyone wants to do something to help this grieving community. now they'll get some help from these therapy horses. magic and wakota are two specially trained mini horses from a gainesville, fl
this dividend tax hike. before it's too late. >>> 18 minutes past the hour. the president of syria may not have the support of his counterpart in russia. today in his annual press conference the russian president vladimir putin says he is not concerned about assad's regime, but putin doesn't want to keep assad's government in power at all costs. he also hopes to find a solution that will not lead to the collapse of the region. >>> and we're keeping an eye on nasty storms that are moving across most of the country, in alabama, more than 7,000 are without power in the mobile area. one woman was trapped in her house when a tree fell on it. right now, there are no reports of serious injuries. >>> that same storm dumping snow on the great plains and the midwest. the state of wisconsin already under a state of emergency. some areas expected to see as much as 12 inches. the storm stretches from houston all the way to minneapolis and it's disrupting holiday travel with a 1506-mile stretch of highway between denver and the kansas state line closed for part of the day yesterday. >>> if you get a gift car
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